Battlestar Galactica : Complete Seasons 1-3 (16 Disc Box Set) [DVD]
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Seasons 1-3 of the re-imagined American sci fi television series, where the pilots of the Galactica spacecraft battle against the evil Cylons, cyborg creatures that originally served mankind, but who now want humanity destroyed. After losing the initial battles, with all the colonies destroyed, mankind's last hope is to search for the fabled home planet of Earth. Episodes comprise: '33', 'Water', 'Bastille Day', 'Act of Contrition', 'You Can't Go Home Again', 'Litmus', 'Six Degrees of Separation', 'Flesh and Bone', 'Tigh Me Up, Tigh Me Down', 'The Hand of God', 'Colonial Day', 'Kobol's Last Gleaming Part 1' and 'Kobol's Last Gleaming Part 2', 'Scattered', 'Valley of Darkness', 'Fragged', 'Resistance', 'The Farm', 'Home (Part 1)', 'Home (Part 2)', 'Final Cut', 'Flight of the Phoenix', 'Pegasus', 'Resurrection Ship (Part 1)', 'Resurrection Ship (Part 2)', 'Epiphanies', 'Black Market', 'Scar', 'Sacrifice', 'The Captain's Hand', 'Downloaded', 'Lay Down Your Burdens (Part 1)', 'Lay Down Your Burdens (Part 2)', 'Occupation', 'Precipice', 'Exodus: Part 1', 'Exodus: Part 2', 'Collaborators', 'Torn', 'A Measure Of Salvation', 'Hero', 'Unfinished Business', 'The Passage', 'The Eye Of Jupiter', 'Rapture', 'Taking A Break From All Your Worries', 'The Woman King', 'A Day In The Life', 'Dirty Hands', 'Maelstrom', 'The Son Also Rises', 'Crossroads: Part 1' and 'Crossroads: Part 2'.
Battlestar Galactica balances its striking special effects with character-driven drama and social commentary to create a show that's both entertaining and relevant. This critical favourite re-imagines the cult series from the 1970s with a new cast and more impressive villains. It also eschews the sunny outlook of Star Trek in favour of a darker vision of space and humanity as it comments on issues such as terrorism and civil liberties. Androids called Cylons have massacred billions of people, leaving only a small group of survivors. Led by Oscar nominees Edward James Olmos and Mary McDonnell, the human fleet searches for a mythical planet called Earth as they evade the Cylons. Features the first three series of the show.
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The series is a remake of the 1980's 'classic' which never did much for me. In fact I missed this reimagining when it released and indeed when it did the repeats. I'm not much of a sci-fi fan, but when I caught a couple of eps by accident & I was hooked (that Number Six played a part in those eps was of course a minor point...)
It's a lavish production with excellent effects, a huge host of characters (the chain-smoking Doc Cottle is my fav) and a gargantuan, labyrinthine storyline. It can be a little simplistic in places - I was rather irritated by the way the plot occasionally works itself into a narrative dead end and then extracts itself with a mighty bound all in the space of one episode (or occasionally two). Also, some of the characters are now showing their age (& weight!) after all this time. Apart from that, it stands alongside Firefly/Serenity as a modern sci-fi classic.
I won't say too much more about the plot etc as most of it's already been said. As for this edition - the contents of the box include three series of one hour eps, a feature length pilot and a two part mini series (Razor) - easily enough to keep you glued to the telly for a few days of solid watching. The extras are a little sparse and I'd have liked a few blooper reels and a few more actor interviews to even things out.
Think carefully about buying this incomplete edition tho'. It doesn't include the fifth season (or the second half of the fourth series, depending on how you're counting) which has only just aired on TV, so I'd suggest either buying each series in its individual DVD release (an expensive option) or wait till the full box set is available (probably also expensive!). Alternatively, buy this one to keep you going till S4 is out on DVD.
"Shut the Frak up!"
Firstly the product:
I see people complaining about the packaging or the supposed lack of a disc. This package takes the discs you'd get if you bought the individual seasons and puts them in a different case. Everything else is the same from the decal on the disc to the menu on screen. This product is EXCELLENT value for money. The only fault I have is the menu on season 2 which makes episode selection awfully difficult.
This show has fast become my favourite. An eclectic mixture of characters deal with tragedy and scrape by to ensure the survival of the human race. Battlestar cleverly and sensitively deals with everything from politics to religion and asks what it means to be human. Enjoy.
Put simply, I highly recommend this. Do yourself a favour and buy it.
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